2004 Fall Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com From drives past classic New England village greens to hikes in forests clad in autumn hues, excursions on tree-lined rivers to bucolic bicycle routes; the free Litchfield Hills Touring Guide offers 20 great ways to take in the fall foliage in the Connecticut region recognized by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the 50 most scenic places in America. The 36-page guide is divided into driving, hiking, boating and biking tours designed to show off the unspoiled natural beauty and rich history of the area as well as to explore some of areas hidden wonders. Special tours are planned for photographers and antiquers. Each route has detailed maps and descriptions of highlights along the way, with easy to follow directions, including the mileage and time to finish the itinerary. Titles such as Landscapes, Grandscapes and Views, A Cornucopia of Classic Countryside, and Treasury of Americana preview the attractions ahead in eight suggested half and full-day driving tours. Two tours for antiquers take in towns known for scenery as well as their bounty of shops, with suggestions for the best stops in each. Tour I covers Woodbury, Litchfield and Washington, while Tour II takes in the New Milford and Kent area, including New Englands largest flea market, Elephants Trunk. Bikers will find four scenic suggestions including a route planned for vistas and views and another circling four classic village greens. A Riverside Ramble follows the serpentine course of the Farmington River and Sandy Brook and passes through a trio of State Forests. Touring by Foot covers some of the most beautiful hiking trails in New England, easy to challenging, including a romantic ramble on a forest path at Dennis Hill State Park in Norfolk and a hardy trek to the top of Bear Mountain, Connecticuts highest peak. Boating tours also give a choice of quiet floats on the Housatonic River or a more adventurous outing on the Farmington River Quickwater, with class I, II and III whitewater rapids. A list of the best paddling lakes in the Litchfield Hills is also included, along with lists of rental outfitters and phone numbers to check water conditions. Copies of the Touring brochure are available from the Northwest Connecticut Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, 800-663-1273, or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com where you can take a virtual tour. The Bureau also publishes Unwind, a 40-page color guide and a guide to the entire Northwest region, including lodging and maps. All three brochures are free.